Nilas

Nilas – or “new ice” is one of initial stages of sea-ice forming, mainly on calm waters. It’s continuous, thin (less than 10 centimeters thick) sheet of ice, elastic crust with matt and dark surface, becoming lighter as it thickens. Nilas develops from subsequent downward growth. Wafer-thin sheets of ice slide over each other and form rafts of thicker ice.

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